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Are you curious about how to have an active and healthy start to spring? When winter is over and spring comes back around, many want to get back into shape and become fit again. But doing so too quickly isn't good for th...
Are you curious about how to have an active and healthy start to spring? When winter is over and spring comes back around, many want to get back into shape and become fit again. But doing so too quickly isn’t good for the body. Instead, starting simply is the best option before you become active again.
Have you decided that spring in the perfect time to get into a new fitness routine? If you are looking for ways to become active and healthy this spring, here are some tips to help you get started.
Taking it slowly before you jump back into exercising is important. No matter what type of exercise you want to perform, starting your routine slowly will help your bones and muscles. If you barely moved in the winter, you need to take it easy. Nobody can instantly get into shape within a week – and the same goes for an active routine.
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Don’t immediately jump back into working out by playing a sport like basketball or tennis. Walk first before you start jogging or running long distances. Walking for a few minutes daily can help your body to become accustomed to activity. Stretching your arms and legs beforehand helps too. This will help make them stronger, feel relaxed, and increase their flexibility.
Once walking or stretching becomes a part of your daily plan, increase the time you exercise. For instance, if you walk for a few minutes a day for a week, increase it to 20 minutes. Then after that, aim for 30 minutes and so on. Put in more time as the weeks go by so your body will be prepared and won’t feel sore. This type of process can condition your body and you will be ready to do more challenging activities.
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Once you have prepared yourself with a basic routine to get you back in the groove of working out, walk more frequently, or begin to incorporate more challenging activities such as running or playing sports. Start out slow here as well. Warm-ups can be beneficial before you run or play sports. Then, set goals for yourself that your body can sustain. It will prevent injuries and soreness. After this, you can improve and perform a longer exercise routine.